Monday, September 01, 2014

My Book Trailers and Other Videos

Here are links to a number of videos you might find of interest concerning the action-adventures and mysteries I write for middle grade readers.

Max Elliot Anderson

Author Video - 

The Accidental Adventures Series -

Guys, Read A Book - 

Imagine - 

North Woods Poachers - 

Lost Island Smugglers - 

Legend of The White Wolf - 

Captain Jack’s Treasure - 

River Rampage - 

Barney and The Runaway - 

When The Lights Go Out - 

Monday, August 25, 2014

(AR) - Accelerated Reader and Middle Grade Mysteries & Adventures

An Open Letter to Teachers, Librarians, Parents, and Students about Middle Grade Mysteries & Adventures and Accelerated Reader
I grew up hating to read in spite of the fact my father was the author of over 70 books during his lifetime. Some of these were books for children. Since we lose many of our young readers after middle grade, I’m focusing my attention on mysteries and adventures for these readers.
Accelerated Reader – With school just starting again, you already understand the affect this point system has on young readers. Several of my early books received AR tests so students who read them could earn points.
Early on, some of my books were included in the AR system. Then the publisher went bankrupt during the economic turndown. Since then, some of those books have been republished.
My 2 Books That Currently Have AR Tests Available:

Newspaper Caper
Anderson, Max Elliot
AR Quiz No. 108918 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.0 - AR Pts: 3.0
 AR Quiz Types: RP
Tom Stevens convinces his friends to get in shape for football by delivering newspapers, but they may wind up front-page news in the very paper they 
North Woods Poachers
Anderson, Max Elliot
AR Quiz No. 108919 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.0 - AR Pts: 4.0
 AR Quiz Types: RP
Andy Washburn is tired of taking the same old vacation every summer and vows to make this summer different. In the end, Andy learns the concepts of family tradition and that God loves justice while He hates injustice.

A Previous Book That Has an AR Test: This book could use a new test connected with the new ISBN, or simply have the old test moved to the new ISBN.
TITLE                                    OLD ISBN                    NEW ISBN
Legend of the White Wolf        9780975288030            9781936695690
Can You Help? Here is a list of books that have not received their AR tests. I understand that test questions can be developed by teachers, libraries, parents, and students and it would be greatly appreciated if you could help in this area.
New Titles That Need AR Tests Developed
TITLE                                                                                               ISBN

Lost Island Smugglers – Sam Cooper series 1             9781935600022

Captain Jack’s Treasure – Sam Cooper series 2                   9781935600145

River Rampage – Sam Cooper 3                                 9781935600152

Terror at Wolf Lake                                                     9781936695966

Barney and the Runaway                                            9780984559848

When The Lights Go Out      (A 9/11 story)               9781936695478

The Scarecrow                                                              9781478301301 

More Books Coming Soon: At the present time, I have contracts for 13 more middle grade action-adventures and mysteries.

-         6 books from education publisher Chestnut Publishing in Toronto.

o   Third House on the Left          Bullies

o   Midnight Shadows                            Alcohol awareness

o   The House Next Door             Drug awareness - hydroponics

o   Rail Yard Bandits                             Stealing

o   The Secret Tunnel                             Honor, importance of a good name

o   Forest of Fear                          Environment

-         The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends Riley and Jordan. This is an open-ended series from Elk Lake Publishing

o   The Cat Burglars

o   Funny Money Mystery

o   The Secret of Grandmother’s Grandfather Clock

o   Summer Camp Troubles

o   More titles to follow

-         3 books from Comfort Publishing

o   Mysterious Cabin

o   The Great Cave Caper

o   Mischief After Midnight
In any case, I want to thank everyone who has purchased, recommended, read, or otherwise gotten a copy of one or more of my books. And I want to thank each of you who will do so in the future. But I also hope that, if you’re in a position to do it, you’ll help in getting my books into the AR system. Following are some additional links about my work.
Thank you,
Max Elliot Anderson
Contact                                                                              Amazon Author Page
Author Video
My Youtube Videos

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This Blog Just Voted BLOG OF THE MONTH at Book Fun Magazine


From the very beginning, this blog has intended to reach out to young, middle grade readers, especially boys, in the hope of encouraging them to read. As part of that goal, I sat at my computer and, over the space of three years, wrote thirty-six action adventure and mystery manuscripts for this age group. So it’s an honor to have my Books For Boys blog voted as the best this month by people who love to read.

Book Fun Magazine now reaches nearly 400,000 readers. And subscriptions are FREE if you’re interested. 
In the August issue, you’ll find a feature article/interview about my work, written by Karen Whiting
The article and interview can be found on pages 48 - 53 at this link
At the present time, I have contracts for 13 more adventure and mystery books. One of those contracts is with Elk Lake Publishing. The series title is
“The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends, Riley and Jordan.” The first three titles in the series are, 
The Cat Burglars
Funny Money Mystery, and 
The Secret of Grandmother’s Grandfather Clock.
They’ll be coming soon, and more books are planned for this exciting series.

My thanks to all who voted for this blog. Winning Blog of the Month just proves there continues to be a strong interest in books that parents, teachers, librarians, and other adults can trust for kids.
Book Trailer for the Accidental Advenures series
Amazon Author Page

One of the magazine’s missions is to bring authors and readers together. They accomplish this in various ways which you’ll learn about if you click on their link. And remember, your subscription is FREE

The article and interview can be found on pages 48 - 53 at this link

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Church Bookstores Are On The Front Lines To Get Kids Interested In Reading

How can church bookstores help to get middle grade readers, especially boys, interested in reading?

Bookstore managers will likely agree that they stand on the front lines of this issue and are in the perfect position to reach out to children in their congregations. I would challenge managers and bookstore staff to take multiple steps to encourage boys to read.
·         Stock the kinds of books kids like to read. Many churches today can be tempted to focus on adult books. This alone discourages young boys from visiting the bookstore. Churches should actively combat this current trend because churches are in the perfect position to impact young readers.

·         Bookstore managers can also begin a reading tutoring program in order to help children who are at risk.

·         Encourage dads in the church to be obvious about reading in front of their children.

·         Create a brief presentation to give to the adult classes and small groups in the church about the importance of reading. This presentation should be given to the young parents and older adults alike, as grandparents can help to influence their grandchildren the same as parents, aunts, and uncles. Such a presentation could also be tailored for use in reaching out to young readers in their own Sunday school classes.

·         Add a quarterly notice in the bulletin which targets young readers.
Amazon Author Page

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Does your church have a library and/or bookstore?

It's an honor to have my middle grade mysteries and adventures profiled in a feature article in the summer issue of Church Libraries. If we want adult readers in the future, we have to hook them when they're younger.
If you have an opportunity to mention this to the people in charge at your church it would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Max Elliot Anderson

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Are shorter books better books for kids?

Is shorter better for young readers? 
This article explores the best book length for kids, especially middle grade readers. Find it in the July issue of Book Fun Magazine, page 164.